How to Choose the Best Frame for Your Wall Art

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To frame or not to frame, that is the question.

While a lot of art prints that you can buy in the market are already pre-framed, there are wall arts out there that come in solo. So, automatically, you have to do the framing yourself. Wall arts represent your style and creativity and with the availability of pre cut mdf circles, it has become even easier to create your own wall art.

Or sometimes, the frames that came with the art prints are just too bad that you have to replace them with better ones.

Whatever the case may be, you still have to scour several local art stores to look for the frame that will perfectly complement your wall art.

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Below are some tips to pull that off:

1. Look for the right frame type and material

Wooden frames

Wood is a classic framing material that never went out of style. It’s durable and versatile since there are a lot of finishes to choose from.

A lot of surviving paintings from hundreds of years ago are still actually in place. It just goes to show that wood is one of the best there is.

Most wooden frames are made of solid oak. But there are other several timber options to choose from depending on how dark or light you want your frames to be. 

Aluminium frames

Aluminium frames are a more lightweight option than wood. But it’s just as durable.

This material is perfect if you want your frame to have a little bit of shine to it to make your wall art classier.

Aluminium frames may come in different elegant finishes like golden, matte black, and brass.

2. Get the colours right

While it’s a relatively simple choice to make, picking the right frame colour can make a bigger impact in the presentation of your wall art.

Choosing the right colour of the frame will help accentuate the artwork itself. Therefore, making a coherent look.

If you pick the wrong colour of the frame, it might clash against the palette of the colourful prints – Gioia and reduce the aesthetic appeal and take away the attention from the artwork itself.

3. Choose the right frame size

Another factor to consider is whether the frame is the right fit or not.

The correct frame size also affects how we perceive the photo or the art print. If you look at a wall art inside a frame that’s way larger than the frame itself, there’s a good chance that the artwork will look off, right?

While most art prints already come in standard frame sizes, you might come across a specific wall art or a photo that doesn’t fit in any of the frames available online or in a physical store.

If that’s the case, you will need to bring the frame to art stores that offer frame trimming services. You should also bring the artwork to be used as a reference. This is to make sure that the trimming will be perfect.

Now that you have your wall art framed perfectly, the last thing to do is to hang it on your wall.

Depending on where you want your piece of art to be seen, there are certain placements and measurements that you have to consider:

When hanging wall art above a sofa – the ideal space between the bottom edge of the frame and the top of the sofa is 15-20cm

When hanging wall art above a fireplace – give a 10-30cm space above the mantelpiece

When hanging wall art above a staircase – from the floor, measure 145cm. This is where the centre of the frame should be. Place the next wall art after every third step, using the same height of 145cm

These are only some of the things to remember when perking up your empty boring wall with artworks and art prints. Make sure to follow these but also, don’t forget to play around and see what works well for you!

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